Things are certainly getting better but I think you could really use a better construction method. As it is it seems that you are drawing things in silhouette, that is doing only the outside lines instead of building the underlying form first with simple lines and shapes.
I would suggest checking out Andrew Loomis' "fun with a pencil" then "figure drawing for all it's worth" you can download them here as PDFs
Hope this works.
"This is a paint and pixel-splattered furnace that forges the swords of artistic mastery. This is a place where swarthy and belligerent dwarves drink turpentine mead, berate their apprentices and slap the trade into their skulls. It's where the anvils are made of graphite, the hammers are as true as rectangular marquee selections and the fires burn with the light of a thousand lensflares." --Jason Rainville
Hey guys, thx for your reply!
I know I really need work on anatomy, but at the moment, I try to get my projet finished, which I priorize before practice. I try to get some practice aside, but I don't know how much studies I can do meanwhile.
I leave the environments for now and continue with some characters.
Here's another mage rough:
Hey guys, I did some studies yesterday.
Sorry for the crappy quality, Somehow my cam didnt seem work right.
Nice studies man!just keep on prcticing .try a photostudy buy anatomy books or even comics could help.just keep going you are doing good!=)
Awesome artist and friends
Hey guys, here's a little update on the last mage I posted:
Hey guys. Did another update if you're interested
I can see some improvement from your first page to this one, but you still need to keep pushing further by doing more studies.
One thing that really helped me (besides reading hogarth and loomis,etc) was going to life drawing classes. your figures will improve very fast this way.
Also if you're having problems with digital it would be good if you started doing some in black and white, just to practice values. Take some of your favorite digital paintings and turn them to black and white to see how they handle values.
Keep it up! I would love to see your progress!
Hey Voodoo_Mama, thanks for your reply. I know I need to do a lot of studies, but as I said, at the moment, I have to work on my project, to get it ready till the 15th of June, so I'm gonna leave studies for now as minor priority and start to do them from 15th of June on
I just "discovered" the "force proportion" setting on my wacom driver, and I am amazed! I can manouver precisely with my pen and tablet! I though I just have to get more used to it and it's because I'm a beginner, but now it's way easier to get the strokes how I want them!
I didnt think about my screen being widescreen and my tablet being 4:3.... Amazing and about 150 % more fun!
Another try on a Scene, this time indoors.
I don't seem to really know how this goes, this is new for me.
hey there keep working with the heads,i like post #96 the costume is great !Update soon!
Hey dimi! Thx for your reply!
I've been visiting my grandfather over the weekend, so I couldnt continue the last 3 days, but here's some progress on my scene.
First time I see some progress handling photoshop myself
Before I have to go now, I wanted to share some progress with you so I can get some replies while I'm away
Here we go!
This one was extraordenarily fun!
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Guys, I need some help with the face!
So far, I've created this monster here but he just doesnt look like he's shouting some spell forcefully, nor does his mouth look propotionate....
small update. I need so much time for everything, the pants took a couple of hours, and I updated the mages' face.
hey~~ nice job with your latest painting and that one boxer study at the very top of the previous page.
I think you should add gesture practice to your daily studies--it will help you to capture forms and work on bolder lines. maybe a couple females in the mix too hehe.
great work--keep it up man!!
well If you're having problems with his face and expression, the only way to fix that is with reference. maybe you can act out the expression you want in front of the mirror and do studies.
Also I think it's better if you work on the painting as a whole, instead of going at it by pieces (for example you finished the clothes of the mage, then the head, then the pants, etc) I think that if you work on it as a whole, and then add definition where you want it, it will have more unity. But I'm no expert.
I know you already started it, but I think it's something you should definetly experiment with in the future :>
a way to avoid those scratchy sketchy lines is to use a coloured or really hard pencil first. instead of lots of short little lines, do two or three long guesses at where the line should be, then with a softer pencil like hb or 2b or whatever you're using, draw in the final line on top of the others.
and when you're adding a little tone, make your marks fit to the body. e.g. wrap around a cylindrical shape like an arm. think about spiderman's suit. that will give you a basic idea of what i mean.
good studies, keep it up. don't do anything that isn't drawing.
Hey guys, thx for your replies!
I definetly should do more gestures and face studies, you guys are right! I also need some drapedy studies.. And environments! Yes! I need that all, so much to practice...
Anyway, I was working on my scene. Not specifcally happy, but I seem to be stuck, my head doesnt really want to think outside the box anymore....
some nice progress from the start to here - I would advice you to try to be more careful with things - take the last piece and the red glowing light - or just by considering how it would be in reality if you had a light as you do - perhaps by plaving some toys/action figures - or strawmen in similar positions and then use a match/lighter for the fire-
if you use reference and look up pieces doing similar things as those you imagine it would help you avoid some issues - light shadows being malplaced (in this case the hanging man has a shadow that's way too close to the standing figure if you look at the light source for example).
Still you are striding forward and all will be well if you just continue.
SB. p31 updated 25.04.2012.
Hey man, thx for your reply!
I updated the pic a little, the shadows I used in the last one were more of placeholders, I know they suck hard
Ok, here's the new one:
hey kool action you got going on in the last painting. love to see blood~! the guy with the flame kinda reminds me of avatar. question i have for you, how old are you? anyways for some suggestions: 1) Work on your anatomy, I know its a pain in the ass but it will greatly help you. I am pointing this out because the guy with the flame seems like he is letting his body fall back freely and he is being supported by strings. the right leg should be bent more, and the anatomy should be visible through the cloth. 2) work on gesture. 3) work on perspective, learning this will greatly help you understand your foreshortening in this piece. 4) think volumetrically. think spheres, cubes, and cones!
Most importantly work on your gesture and anatomy. Do thousands of sketches. I literally mean thousands. Because after that you will see a tremendous improvement in your work.
Hope I wasnt too harsh on you! Anyways keep it up! and push yourself!
Hey man, thx for your critique Yeah, I really need to work on those things.... But I think it's coming slowly!
I am 20 right now, I have just started drawing last year, but then didnt draw for about half a year, but I want to take things more seriously now
I try if I can fix that legs in time!
Edit: Like tis'? Does anyone have tips concerning the lighting looking very artificial and like in a surgery?
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yogeshj25 is right in that you need to study more -
Your perspective is strange and off -
Take the light on the back of the room from the mage - now take any sort of point light you have at home - a flash light or what ever and go into a dark room and place your hand in front of the light and look at the shadow your hand cast on the wall and see how big it gets when your hand is close to the light source.
This is what I meant when I said that you should think more on how the shadows work - for example you did flesh out the shadow of the feet - but it's still too close to the mage as the shadow should start behind the object that the shadow is cast from.
But if you don't see this yet you need to pratctice.
This is a really crude/rough paint over - but I just wanted to quickly show what it would look like (albeit roughly) if you had the flame be the light source in the room.
Also a quick illustration of shadows.
Drew some lines (the yellow ones) to illustrate how the light would catch and cast objects but now they just look a bit silly
or the figure holding the flame would cast a gigantic shadow - as more or less everything behind him would be in shadow due to where he holds the flaming ball.
& damn it was rougher than I imagined
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SB. p31 updated 25.04.2012.
Wow thank you man, thats a big help.
You're right, I just didnt really think while doing the shadow, I totally get what you're meaning.
Your paintover looks awesome. Really good colours that set the mood much better than I can ever do it. I try to get that from your paintover!
Meanwhile I did a rogue concept.
ich gebe dir mal einen Tip:
Wenn dir die lockere Strichführung noch schwer fällt, du dennoch saubere Linien haben möchtest, gibt es da einen Trick.
Angenommen dein Bild hier hat die A5 maße. Ich würde das Bild auf A4 vergrößern lassen und eine Ebene darüber legen.
Dann zoomst du ganz nah z.B an das Gesicht ran und beginnst langsam und sanft die Striche zu übermalen.
Am Ende einfach wegzooemen, schauen ob die Striche gut liegen und dann alles wieder auf A5 verkleinern.
So bekommst du saubere Linien.
So habe ich früher angefangen bis ich nach seperater Strichführungsübungen am Tablett, den Dreh raus hatte.
Ich hoffe es hilft.
Ja, danke für den Tipp, das klingt gut!
Wie groß machst du deine Bilder normalerweise? Also, von den Maßen her?
Wenn es für denn Druck sein soll, sehr groß. Min. A4. Man muss aber bedenken, mann sollte einen Rechner haben, der mit großen Bildern und vielen Ebenen umgehen kann.
Sonst nehm ich Wallpapergrößen und schneide mir das dann später kleiner oder größer zurecht.
The mountainously living goatlike creature reminds me on
Chuck the IceMan Liddell.
And I just like that female hanging from the tree
without her hand. It is a big step for you.
Happy that no one stole that USB stick from you.
You got some strong will there. Keep on goin'
Hey, finally some white text in my sketchbook
But, that female you mean... has a dick